IFH 162: 7 Tips To Nail Your First Week On a Film Set

By Matt Webb | Jun 21, 2017 | 0 Comments
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7 Tips To Nail Your First Week On a Film Set Your first week on a film set will be an intimidating experience. It takes time to find your feet and feel comfortable in such a unique working environment. You may have experience from college working on short film sets, but it is usually completely…

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John Milius: The Craziest Writer/Director in Hollywood?

By Cindy Clifford | Jun 20, 2017 | 0 Comments
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John Milius: The Craziest Writer/Director in Hollywood? The world knows John Milius as the craziest man in Hollywood mainly because of his unconventional style of filmmaking and choosing a rather different storyline for the movies. He is an ultimate legend of the film industry and a friend to Spielberg and Francis Ford Coppola. Born in…

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Alfred Hitchcock: Breaking Down the Master’s Techniques

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 19, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Alfred Hitchcock: Breaking Down the Master’s Techniques Alfred Hitchcock is the master of suspense. You’ll see what I mean. A hand draws back a shower curtain and a blade appears through the steam. A man descends a staircase, bearing a tray with a glass of milk that appears at once nurturing and suspicious. A young…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Chris Vogler – Screenwriting & The Writer’s Journey Blueprint

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 16, 2017 | 1 Comment

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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IFH 161: Building an Affordable Cinema Lens w/ Veydra Lenses’ Ryan Avery

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 15, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Veydra Mini Cinema Primes: Real Cinema Lenses You Can Afford If you’re an indie filmmaker and shoot your own stuff, the price of really good glass is generally too damn expensive and cinema-style primes lenses are totally out of reach…until now. Until recently, the most cost effective cinema-style primes lenses have been pre-existing stills lenses, which can create…

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How to Attach a Movie Star to Your Indie Film

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 15, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How to Attach a Movie Star to Your Indie Film So you have a screenplay or film idea that could definitely be financed and produced only if I could get a movie star attached and there’s the rub! Attaching a movie star at any level to a un-produced screenplay or indie film is the dream…

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Film Meet Art: How Famous Paintings Inspire Great Filmmakers

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 12, 2017 | 1 Comment
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Film Meet Art: How Famous Paintings Inspire Great Filmmakers We all know that many filmmakers have been inspired by famous paintings. Directors like Quentin Tarantino, Sofia Coppola, Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Paul Thomas Anderson, Martin Scorsese and Terry Gilliam have pulled directly from the art world to create some of their masterpieces. A remarkable video essayist Vugar Efendi, has…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: August Rush: The Million Dollar Screenplay Paul Castro

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 9, 2017 | 1 Comment

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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John Cassavetes – The Godfather of Independent Film

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 9, 2017 | 1 Comment
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John Cassavetes – The Godfather of Independent Film What comes to your mind when you first think of the name John Cassavetes? One of his iconic films probably popped into your head, didn’t it? Cassavetes wasn’t afraid to push the envelope with his films, and many of the movies we see today owe a debt…

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How to Make Robert Rodriguez’s Guacamole Gun

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 7, 2017 | 2 Comments
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The first time I ever heard of the “Guacamole Gun” was watching Robert Rodriguez’s 10 minute film school on DVD for the third part of his El Mariachi series “Once Upon a Time in Mexico.” (he developed it first in his and Quentin Tarantino’s From Dusk Till Dawn) Robert talked up the Guacamole Gun something fierce, saying: “The Guacamole Gun…

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IFH 160: Ed Burns – How to Make a $9000 Feature Film (The Brothers McMullen)

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 5, 2017 | 1 Comment

How to Make a $9000 Feature Film with Ed Burns Many of you might have heard of the Sundance Film Festival winning film called The Brothers McMullen written and directed by Edward Burns. Burns went off to star in huge films like Saving Private Ryan and direct studio films like She’s the One but what you might…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Michael Hauge – Writing a Screenplay That Sells

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 2, 2017 | 0 Comments

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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IFH 159: How to Build a Film Brand w/ Zombie with a Shotgun’s Hilton Ruiz

By Alex Ferrari | Jun 1, 2017 | 0 Comments
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How to Build a Film Brand w/ Zombie with a Shotgun’s Hilton Ruiz I always talk about building a fan base and making art or products that can be sold to that audience. Well, today’s guest is doing just that with his viral sensation Zombie with a Shotgun. Creator Hilton Ariel Ruiz created this film property…

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How to Achieve the Film Look with Your DSLR

By Alex Ferrari | May 31, 2017 | 1 Comment
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How to Achieve the Film Look with Your DSLR The whole film vs digital debate has been raging on for decades now. I’m old school and LOVE the look of film but I also love the power and speed of shooting digital. What’s an indie filmmaker to do? Creating a convincing “film look” out of your…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: Post Production Workflow – Understand it or DIE!

By Alex Ferrari | May 26, 2017 | 1 Comment

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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Vintage Camera Lens Library – Compare over 40 Cinema Lenses

By Alex Ferrari | May 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Vintage Camera Lens Library – Compare over 40 Cinema Lenses
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A One of a Kind Cinema Lens Resource As many of IFH Tribe knows I’ve been secretly plotting my next feature film. Trying to push myself past where I’ve been before as a filmmaker. One key part of my next few feature films will be the camera and lens choice I’ll be making to tell…

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IFH 158: How to Avoid Legal Pitfalls on Your Indie Film with Walter B. Batt Esq.

By Alex Ferrari | May 25, 2017 | 1 Comment
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How to Avoid Legal Pitfalls on Your Indie Film with Walter B. Batt Esq. If paperwork, contacts and E&O Insurance was as sexy as a new 8K camera then filmmaker would never get into legal trouble when making their film. Alas it is not sexy and filmmakers, myself included, hate even thinking about that side of…

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Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Slit Scan Effect in 2001: A Space Odyssey

By Alex Ferrari | May 25, 2017 | Comments Off on Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Slit Scan Effect in 2001: A Space Odyssey
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Breaking Down Stanley Kubrick’s Slit Scan Effect in 2001: A Space Odyssey Anyone who has ever heard an episode of the IFH podcast or comes to this site know what a HUGE fan I am of the legendary master Stanley Kubrick. His masterpiece will be studied for decades to come. Once eye-opening visual effect created…

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Kubrick’s Lenses – The Ultimate Guide to the Lenses Used by Stanley Kubrick

By Alex Ferrari | May 24, 2017 | Comments Off on Kubrick’s Lenses – The Ultimate Guide to the Lenses Used by Stanley Kubrick
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Kubrick’s Lenses – The Ultimate Guide to the Lenses Used by Stanley Kubrick When you here the Stanley Kubrick you think of images. One of the many reasons Kubrick was such a remarkable filmmaker was that he came to the film industry after years working as a professional photographer for publications like Look magazine. There he learned about composition, light…

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Top 50 Filmmaking Quotes to Inspire

By Alex Ferrari | May 23, 2017 | Comments Off on Top 50 Filmmaking Quotes to Inspire

Top 50 Filmmaking Quotes to Inspire Anyone who has ever listen to the IFH Podcasts know that I start off ever episode with a filmmaking quote. I decided to put together a list of some of my favorite filmmaking quotes from some of the master of the medium. Without further ado enjoy the inspiration. Pick…

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IFH 157: How to Shoot 360 Video & Actually Make Money with Josh Gibson

By Alex Ferrari | May 18, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 157: How to Shoot 360 Video & Actually Make Money with Josh Gibson
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How to Shoot 360 Video & Actually Make Money with Josh Gibson This week on the show we have Josh Gibson from 360 Video Academy. I know just enough about 360 video to be dangerous, and not in a good way. I wanted to bring Josh on the show to really break down the myths…

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5 Shooting Schedule Hacks That Can Save You Money

By Alex Ferrari | May 17, 2017 | Comments Off on 5 Shooting Schedule Hacks That Can Save You Money
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5 Shooting Schedule Hacks That Can Save You Money Making movies ain’t cheap. From actors to film crews to big explosions, everything appears on your budget. Sure, you can get an idea of it, after breaking down your script. But poor scheduling can bleed your production if you’re not optimizing locations, cast and crew time,…

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What is Cinema Verite?

By Jonathan Roberts | May 16, 2017 | 1 Comment
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What is Cinema Verite? Cinema Verite is a French film movement, which took place back in the 1960s. This film movement forced the movie industry to pay more attention towards incorporating natural actions and authentic dialogue into the movies, which showed people in day to day lives. Basically, the movement was about observing and capturing…

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William Goldman Screenwriting MasterClass: Learn from the Legend

By Alex Ferrari | May 15, 2017 | Comments Off on William Goldman Screenwriting MasterClass: Learn from the Legend
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William Goldman Screenwriting MasterClass “William Goldman is, by far, one of the most popular storytellers of our generation,” says Sean Edgar, an author. Stated above is one the millions of great testimonies people around the world have to say about the iconic writer, William Goldman. Though his name may not ring a bell with people…

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THROWBACK FRIDAY: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution & Marketing w/ Jon Reiss

By Alex Ferrari | May 12, 2017 | Comments Off on THROWBACK FRIDAY: The Ultimate Guide to Film Distribution & Marketing w/ Jon Reiss

Please note: Throwback Fridays are archival episodes from the Indie Film Hustle Podcast. After many requests from the IFH Tribe to bring back some of the show’s best episodes, I decided to create Throwback Fridays. These episodes will not be posted every week but at least twice a month…if not more.  There’s so much amazing info and knowledge bombs…

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How to Shoot a Micro Budget Feature Like Ed Burns

By Jim Defalco | May 11, 2017 | 1 Comment
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How to Shoot a Micro-Budget Feature Like Ed Burns All my life I wanted to make movies. I studied films after school since I was twelve. I would go down the line of actors and directors filmography. I went to film school to learn the basics of filmmaking. Last year with a lot of hard…

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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production

By Matt Webb | May 10, 2017 | Comments Off on Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production
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Understanding the 5 Stages of Indie Film Production Film Production is created in 5 phases: development, pre-production, production, post-production and distribution. Each phase has a different purpose, with the overarching goal to get to the next one, and ultimately on to distribution. Each stage varies in length, and different roles suit different stages. Sadly, some…

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IFH 156: Secrets to Directing a Killer Action Sequence with Gil Bettman

By Alex Ferrari | May 8, 2017 | Comments Off on IFH 156: Secrets to Directing a Killer Action Sequence with Gil Bettman
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Secrets to Directing a Killer Action Sequence with Gil Bettman You are in for a treat guys. Today’s guest is directing and camera movement guru Gil Bettman. Gil is a seasoned director directing features, television shows, commercials and music videos for over 30 years. He has written two best-selling books: Did I mention one of…

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Tony Scott: Breaking Down His Cinematic Visual Style

By Alex Ferrari | May 8, 2017 | Comments Off on Tony Scott: Breaking Down His Cinematic Visual Style
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Tony Scott: Breaking Down His Cinematic Visual Style Tony Scott was a British film director who lived for 68 years as a filmmaking visionary. Though he began in commercial work, the call of artistic filmmaking would ring out loudly. He seamlessly transitioned from a commercial maker to a big-budget A-list action film director. With the…

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Screenwriting Blueprint: How to Create a Bulletproof Screenplay Structure

By Alex Ferrari | May 5, 2017 | Comments Off on Screenwriting Blueprint: How to Create a Bulletproof Screenplay Structure
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Screenwriting Blueprint: How to Create a Bulletproof Screenplay Structure Screenplay Structure is something that every agent, editor, publisher, Hollywood executive, public speaker, marketer and storyteller talks about, to the point that it can seem complicated, intricate, mysterious and hard to master. So legendary script consultant Michael Hauge (writer of Writing Screenplays That Sell) wanted to give…

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